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THE

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

OF

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

IN THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

BY

Intyre

THOMAS M. COOLEY, LL.D.,
AUTHOR OF “CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS," ETC.

BOSTON:
LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

Copyright, 1880,
By Thomas M. COOLEY.

UNIVERSITY PRESS:
JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.
>k Pond Bequest 3-15-40

PREFACE.

The manual which follows has been prepared for the use of students in law schools and other institutions of learning. The design has been to present succinctly the general principles of constitutional law, whether they pertain to the federal system, or to the state system, or to both. Formerly, the structure of the federal constitutional government was so distinct from that of the States, that each might usefully be examined and discussed apart from the other; but the points of contact and dependence have been so largely increased by the recent amendments to the federal Constitution that a different course is now deemed advisable. Some general principles of constitutional law, which formerly were left exclusively to state protection, are now brought within the purview of the federal power, and any useful presentation of them must show the part they take in federal as well as state government. An attempt has been made to do this in the following pages.

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